The Cartoons (CN06)

Episode 6: The Fat Lady Caper

Copyright 1972 Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. 
Sound: RCA Sound Recording
Running Time: 22 minutes
“Charlie Chan is by license from Leisure Concepts, Inc.”
First aired: October 14, 1972

Produced and Directed: William Hanna and Joseph Barber
Associate Producer: Lew Marshall
Story Direction: Jim Carmichael, Jan Green, Earl Klein, Knick Knatz, Bill Perez, and Paul Sommer
Story: Sid Morse, Eddie Carroll, Jamie Farr, Willie Gilbert, Max Hodge, Mark Hammerman, Dennis Marks, Ray Parker, Henry Sharp, and Harry Winkler
Animation Director: Charles A. Nichols
Production Design: Iwao Takamoto
Musical Director: Hoyt Curtin
Layouts: Monty Wedd, Terry Moesker, Richard Jones, John Gunter, Chris Fussell, Peter Hartland, and Stephen Pile
Animation: Cam Ford, Gerry Grabner, Stan Walker, Richard Jones, Cynthia Leech, Jim Davis, Peter Gardiner, Paul McAdam, Ray Nowland, Richard Dunn, Yvonne Pearsall, and Joe Shearer
Background Styling: Graham Liney
Director: Volus Jones
Production Supervisor: Eric Porter
Sound Director: John Garwood
Sound Mixing: Lyle Hughes
Effects Editor: Martin Clarke
Music Editor: Lindsay Frazer
Negative Consultant: Wendy Eggleton
Camera: Joe Dugonics, Don Clay, and John Cumming
Music Supervision: Don Kirshner


Keye Luke: Charlie Chan
Cynthia Adler: Voice
Gene Andrusco: Flip Chan
Jodie Foster: Anne Chan
Lisa Gerritsen: Various Characters
Johnny Gunn: Tom Chan
Bob Ito: Henry Chan
Beverly Kushida: Nancy Chan
Cherylene Lee: Suzi Chan/Mimi Chan
Don Messick: Chu-Chu
Michael Morgan: Scooter Chan
Hazel Shermit: Various Characters
Brian Tochi: Alan Chan
Janet Waldo: Various Characters
Len Weinrib: Stanley Chan
Ron Duarte: Lead vocals for the Chan Clan band (not credited)


As the Chan family visits the Zambini Circus, its owner, Mr. Zambini, informs Charlie Chan that someone is out to ruin his circus.  When Dimples the fat lady is stolen, Chan and the kids, suspecting an inside job, seek to find the missing star performer and solve the case.


The credits for this episode reveal numerous changes to the production staff.  The new portions of changed credits appear in a different, plainer text than the rest of the “original” credits.  Also, the following note was added to the copyright portion: “Charlie Chan property is by license from Leisure Concepts, Inc.”  From this episode on, the running time increases from 20 to 22 minutes, with the extra two minutes being used to take a pause in the action and feature a song by “The Chan Clan.”

From the very start, the basic plot of this episode bears a resemblance to that of the film Charlie Chan at the Circus
Ticket Seller:  “Is that your family or a camp outing?”

Mr. Zambini, the owner of the circus remarks, “I know who’s responsible, the Dingaling Brothers Circus.”  This would be a reference to the famous Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Charlie Chan states to Suzie, Anne, Tom, and Flip, “I see the Chinese Odd Squad has been at work.”  (A probable reference to the television crime drama, The Mod Squad, which aired on the ABC television network from 1968-1973.)

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